Knighted in 1998 ‘for services to the Town and Country Planning Association’, and in 2003 named by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a ‘Pioneer in the Life of the Nation’, Peter Hall is internationally renowned for the breadth and depth of his studies and writings on urban and regional planning. For the last 50 years, he has captured and helped to create the ‘planning imagination’.

Here the editors have brought together in five themes a series of critical reflections on Peter’s vast and diverse contributions. Those reflections are provided by colleagues familiar with his work.

The five parts are devoted to Peter Hall’s breadth of academic work, covering the history of cities and planning, London, spatial planning, connectivity and mobility, and urban globalization. Finally, as a sixth part, the editors have asked Peter Hall himself to reflect on his career and the sources of his imagination.

The story this book tells is not one of a singular, totally consistent theoretical and philosophical view elaborated over several decades. Rather it covers a set of views that necessarily admits signs of Peter’s inconsistency and imperfection over the years – the insights and imperfections that inevitably accompany the exercise of a nonetheless remarkably fertile, restless and inspiring planning imagination.

part |2 pages

Part One: History of Cities and Planning

chapter 2|13 pages

Urban and Regional Planning

chapter 3|12 pages

Great Planning Disasters

chapter 4|14 pages

Cities of Tomorrow

chapter 5|11 pages

Cities in Civilization

part |2 pages

Part Two: London’s Growth and Development

chapter 7|12 pages

London 2000 and 2001

chapter 8|12 pages

Working Capital

part |2 pages

Part Three: Spatial Planning

chapter 9|15 pages

Regional Planning

chapter 11|12 pages

Sociable Cities

chapter 13|15 pages


part |2 pages

Part Four: Connectivity and Mobility

chapter 15|16 pages

Technopoles of the World

chapter 16|11 pages

Transport and Planning

part |2 pages

Part Five: Globalized Urbanization

chapter 17|11 pages

The World Cities

chapter 19|12 pages

Europe 2000: A Pioneering Work

chapter 20|15 pages

Urban Futures

part |2 pages

Part Six: A Unique Combination of Ideas

chapter 21|16 pages

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